Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. George Feldenkreis has plans to grow Perry Ellis expoentially.
Company: Perry Ellis International
What Made Him Haute: Feldenkreis left Cuba after Castro came into power and arrived in the U.S. with $700 in his pocket. He found success as an importer, which led to the founding of Supreme International in the late 1960s. The company began by importing guayabera shirts but grew exponentially over the decades and went public in 1993. In the late 90s, the company purchased the rights to Perry Ellis, and today, Supreme International is but one division of the international company which also includes Nike swimwear, Tommy Hilfiger ladies swimwear, and PING collection, amongst other brands. Feldenkreis, who is the CEO of the Miami-based Perry Ellis brand, also founded the Universal National Bank of Miami and is highly involved in many community institutions and programs.
What Makes Him Haute Now: While many companies continue to remain fiscally conservative, Perry Ellis CEO, George Feldenkreis, has just acquired Rafaella Apparrel Group for $80 million. Feldrenkreis knows the value of diversification, testament of which has been his investments in numerous areas of business. According to Perry Ellis, this acquisition should produce $120 milllion in revenue for the fiscal year 2012.